08.05.18

Spanish Grand Prix - Preview

After a very successful race at the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where Charles Leclerc finished sixth, and Marcus Ericsson in eleventh, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is heading to Spain with a fresh boost of motivation and confidence. The team will also be celebrating a special anniversary on Sunday 13th May – marking Alfa Romeo’s first Formula 1 victory in 1950 at Silverstone with Nino Farina in the Alfa Romeo 158.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“Off to our first European race this season – round five, in Barcelona. It almost feels like my home track, as it is the one I have probably driven the most in Formula 1 so far and it is a circuit that I really enjoy going back to. I have always been strong there, with a pole position in GP2, and some good results in Formula 1. It has a good mix of all different types of corners, and a very technical last sector that can make or break a lap in qualifying, as well as race stints. There are usually quite a lot of Swedish fans who come to support, which makes it even more special for me, and gives me an extra boost to have a good weekend. I can’t wait to get out to Barcelona.”

Tack facts:
The track in Barcelona is one of the most complete for defining the car, as it features a mix of all kinds of corners. The first two sectors feature medium and high-speed corners, whereas the third sector is dominated by a technical sequence of lower speed corners, hence the set-up is always a compromise. Downforce, a well-balanced car, as well as traction, are the main factors for a good lap time.

Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya / 4.655 km
Race distance: 66 laps / 307.104 km
Schedule: Qualifying 15:00 hrs CEST, Race 15:10 hrs CEST

Tyre choices Marcus Ericsson:
Medium: 1
Soft: 4
Supersoft: 7

Driver information Marcus Ericsson:
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Height / Weight: 1,80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 80
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
Points 2018: 2
Points in total: 11